Etelberto Costa

retired, Futurália///APDSI
  • Futurália///APDSI
  • Portugal
Peter Piot

Special Advisor on COVID-19 to the President of the European Commission, EU Chief Scientific Advisor on Epidemics; Handa Professor of Global Health, The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Peter Piot MD PhD is the Handa Professor of Global Health and former Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He is Special Advisor on COVID-19 to the President of the European Commission, EU Chief Scientific Advisor on Epidemics and visiting professor at the Rega Institute, KU Leuven, and the National University of Singapore. He was the founding Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations. Peter Piot co-discovered the Ebola virus in 1976, and led pioneering research on HIV, women’s health and infectious diseases. He has held positions at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp; the University of Nairobi; Imperial College London; the College de France, and the Gates Foundation. He is a member of the US, UK, Belgian and French National Academies of Medicine, and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. He is Chair of the Scientific Committee of the Institut Pasteur de Dakar, Vice-Chair of GHIT Fund, Tokyo, and was a founding Board Member of CEPI. In 1995 he was made a Baron in his native Belgium, and in 2016 received a UK Knighthood. His awards include the Canada Gairdner Global Health Award , Robert Koch Gold Medal , Prince Mahidol Award, Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize , and Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights, and was a 2014 TIME Person of the Year. He has published over 600 scientific articles and 16 books, including his memoir, No Time to Lose, available in 5 languages.
Marianne Sivertsen Næss

Member, Norwegian Parliament

Member of the Norwegian Parliament, representing the Labour Party. Elected in 2021 from Finnmark, Norway’s northernmost constituency. Chair of the Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment since March 2022.

Mayor of Hammerfest municipality from 2019-2021, deputy mayor from 2011-2019. Teacher and later principal at Hammerfest Upper Secondary School. Experience from the specialist health services and from housing policy in the Norwegian State Housing Bank.

Master’s degree in special education and adapted training, in addition to courses in educational leadership and project management.

Willemien Bax

Head, OECD Forum, OECD

Willemien Bax is currently Head of the OECD Forum, the Organisation's largest annual public event. Ms Bax, a Dutch national, has over 20 years of experience in public affairs, working with governments, as well as non-governmental organisations and the private sector. Prior to joining the OECD, from 2001 to beginning 2010, Ms Bax worked with the European Consumers Organisation (BEUC) as Deputy Director-General where she oversaw BEUC’s public affairs and media relations strategies in a number of public policy areas ranging from transparency and governance to food, environment, health, economic and legal affairs. In 2004, she initiated a training programme financed by the European Commission, for all consumer organisations in the EU, as well as potential EU-candidate countries. The training focused on giving consumer organisations the tools to develop effective public affairs and communication strategies. In 2009, in her capacity as European Chair of the Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue, she contributed to debates on major international public policy issues such as financial regulation, innovation and energy efficiency.
Andreas Schleicher

Director, Education and Skills, OECD

Andreas Schleicher is Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. As a key member of the OECD Senior Management team, Mr. Schleicher supports the Secretary-General’s strategy to produce analysis and policy advice that advances economic growth and social progress. He promotes the work of the Directorate for Education and Skills on a global stage and fosters co-operation both within and outside the OECD. In addition to policy and country reviews, the work of the Directorate includes the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), and the development and analysis of benchmarks on the performance of education systems (INES). Before joining the OECD, Mr. Schleicher was Director for Analysis at the International Association for Educational Achievement (IEA). He studied Physics in Germany and received a degree in Mathematics and Statistics in Australia. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the “Theodor Heuss” prize, awarded in the name of the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany for “exemplary democratic engagement”. He holds an honorary Professorship at the University of Heidelberg.
Susan Danger

CEO, AmCham EU

Stuart W. Elliott

Analyst, U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine